The GT-R Nismo is quite possibly the most potent version of Nissan's flagship supercar that people can buy today. Co-developed by the automaker's in-house tuning arm Nissan Motorsports, hence the NISMO name, the car's full potential can ultimately be seen on the race track. This is why Nissan recently decided to put the 2020 GT-R NISMO to the test at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany, pushing the car to its limits.
Compared to the 2018 model, the 2020 GT-R NISMO features a number of upgrades inside and out to help boost its performance on the track. At the same time, Nissan says the upgrades and refinements made to the 2020 model also make the track-oriented GT-R a more mature and balanced vehicle on the streets.
Under the hood, the 2020 GT-R NISMO is powered by the same hand-assembled 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 as its predecessors but features new turbochargers sourced from Nissan's GT3-spec GT-R. Together with the new turbos is the revised titanium exhaust which is said to produced a better tone as well as reduce weight. Despite the engine upgrades, power is still rated at 600 PS. However, the automaker claims it results in a sharper feel and better response. An improved 6-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts faster and smarter thanks to an upgraded adaptive shift control (ASC).
Visually, the 2020 GT-R NISMO looks nearly identical to that of the 2018 model except for a few changes. New GT3 inspired vented fenders increase front downforce by up to 7kg without creating drag and even smoothened airflow throughout the body. Meanwhile, the exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are 100g lighter than that of the previous design and are exclusive to the NISMO model. These are then wrapped in newly designed Dunlop tires to provide the best grip.
The not so obvious changes would be the carbon fiber diet the 2020 GT-R NISMO underwent. A total of 10.5kg has been lost due to the exterior changes alone which include the carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and spoiler.
While the improvements in performance and aesthetics upgrades on the 2020 GT-R NISMO may seem small on paper, the automaker says it is on the track where the difference be seen.